Kimberly Gibson

Chief Mischief Officer, IC3d


Kimberly Gibson serves IC3D as Chief Mischief Officer heading up business development and leveraging her expertise in workforce development to advance the application of 3D printing into industry and education. She came to IC3D after serving as Communications Director at LIFT, a Dept. of Defense funded institute focused on manufacturing tech for lightweighting transportation. As Asst. Energy Advisor to former Ohio Governor, She led implementation of $150 million Energy Job Stimulus package deploying low interest capital into Ohio energy companies for tech maturation and scale up. She serves as a Board Member of four High School Dropout Recovery Schools in Columbus assisting them to put 3D printing into the curriculum.

Nancy Matijasich

CEO, ​Manifest Solutions Corp.

Nancy Matijasich founded and operates Manifest Solutions, an IT consulting firm providing a full range of services, including Staffing, Education and Support. She has worked in the IT field for 30 years gaining first-hand experience of the industry and utilizing that knowledge and skill to cultivate and grow a kitchen table idea into a flourishing organization. Her “work hard and have fun” motto built an energetic and determined team of master craftsmen who enjoy growing in their skills while enjoying their work environment.

Liz McKellar

IC3d Business Analyst and Project Manager, Improving Enterprises​

Liz McKellar is Director of Project Services for Improving - Columbus. She has spent the majority of her career in the Business Analysis, Scrum Master and Product Owner space within the retail industry, specializing in mobile, finance and fraud, and multi-channel shopping. Most recently she has worked with clients in the private aviation, restaurant retail, and insurance fields.

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Margaret Meyer

Senior Consultant, Navigator Management Partners

Margaret serves Navigator Management Partners as a Senior Consultant and also the Tableau Solution Lead. Margaret has over 8 years of consulting experience with a focus on Business Intelligence, Business Analysis and Project Management. Margaret is PMP, CBAP and PROSCI certified. Margaret leads the enterprise rollout and adoption for Tableau at the State of Ohio. In her free time, Margaret likes to listen to podcasts, monitor her daily step count, and try to think of more interesting hobbies.

Cyndi Thomas

CEO, Complexus

Cyndi Thomas founded Complexus after gaining more than 20 years’ experience as a professional strategist and transformation leader in both the public and private sectors. With a name derived from the Complexity Theory-based principles her team utilizes to plan for an infinite number of possible futures, Complexus combines her background with original, forward-thinking concepts and strategies. Through complexity, chaos, and antifragile-based planning principles, Thomas works with senior government officials to develop and implement strategies for an ever-evolving future in which they will both utilize and defend against technologies that might not yet exist. Cyndi holds a B.A. in Military History from The Ohio State University, and a M.S. of Law in Risk and Compliance from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

Morgan Smithson

Consultant, Navigator Management Partners

Morgan brings experience from her industry work in higher education, retail, and banking. She has experience in understanding process improvement, analyzing data, designing learning and communication tools, and preparing solutions and recommendations for leadership. She has an advanced degree in MHRM from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.

Edita Dibrani

.NET Developer | Senior Consultant, ICC

Edita has been developing software using Microsoft technologies for a decade. When not working, she loves spending time with family and friends, rock climbing, and travelling. 

Marie Hicks

Author and Professor

​Marie Hicks is an author, historian, and professor doing research on the history of computing, labor, technology, and queer science and technology studies. Their research focuses on how gender and sexuality bring hidden technological dynamics to light, and how the experiences of women and LGBTQI people change the core narratives of the history of computing in unexpected ways.

Hicks’s new book,  Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge In Computing, published by MIT Press, won the 2018 PROSE Award for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. It investigates why the proportion of women declined as electronic computing matured, and how this labor situation had grave effects on the technological aspirations of that waning superpower. Programmed Inequality shows what lessons this holds for other nations, especially the United States, and how history can help us make sense of the present and the future by focusing not just on technological success stories, but also stories of technological failure.

Hicks is currently an Associate Professor of History at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, teaching courses on the history of technology, gender and sexuality studies, modern European history,  and disasters. In 2018-2019 Hicks will be a fellow at the National Humanities Center, working on a new book about the prehistory of trans algorithmic bias, the gendered nature of digital infrastructure, and the intersections between queerness and resistance in the history of digital computing. Check their twitter feed for upcoming events or read more about their work at​

Tammy Chellis

Executive Consultant, Pillar Technology​

Tammy Chellis honed her electrical engineering skills in both academia research with The Ohio State University Gas Turbine Lab and the public-sector with Eaton Electrical. After earning her MBA, she learned the intersection of people and technology is far more interesting, so she chose to pursue the business side of leadership. Taking on executive roles first in manufacturing followed by the financial industry she built a reputation as a trusted advisor, change leader and strategist. After over a decade at JP Morgan Chase she has returned to her first love, technology design and innovation as an Executive Consultant with Pillar Technology.

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Marlena Bowen

Software Engineer


Marlena Bowen is a software engineer at Root Car Insurance. She enjoys crushing bugs, automating manual processes, and explaining technical concepts to non-technical people.

Andrea Jacobs

Product Owner, CAS

Andrea is a Product Owner at CAS, a solutions provider for science in Columbus. In her role, she has developed a passion for facilitative approaches to group collaboration. She has over 10 years of experience applying participatory and facilitative techniques in business settings, classrooms, and beyond.

Lori Beer

JP Morgan Chase & Co

Global Chief Information Officer

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Doug McCollough

CIO, City of Dublin 


As CIO of the City of Dublin, Ohio, Doug McCollough has embraced the rich community of innovation that is Central Ohio. Through collaborations and partnerships he has worked to connect people to opportunities, remove barriers, and promote change in initiatives ranging from Smart and Connected Cities, IT Workforce Development, expanding broadband access, and Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. He has spoken as a Subject Matter Expert and advocate on technical subjects, diversity and inclusion, career advancement, and using technology for community development.

Lori Beer is the Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) of JPMorgan Chase & Co., responsible for the firm’s technology systems and infrastructure across all of the firm’s businesses globally. Beer manages a budget of more than nine billion dollars and over 40,000 technologists supporting JPMorgan Chase's Retail, Wholesale and Asset Management businesses. She also serves as a member of the firm’s Operating Committee.

Beer joined the firm in 2014, and most recently was the Chief Information Officer for the Corporate & Investment Bank (CIB). Prior to joining the firm she was executive vice president of Specialty Businesses and Information Technology for WellPoint, Inc. She was responsible for a $10 billion business unit which included WellPoint’s Specialty Products. 

Beer was featured in efinancialcareers, Fintech, funky offices and not being “one of the guys”, April 2017; MIT Sloan Management Review, The Digital Transformation of Healthcare, April 2013; Fortune Magazine’s Leadership Series, An Insurer’s High-Tech Reboot, September 2012; was named a Computerworld 2011 Premier 100 IT Leader and was the 2011 National Association for Female Executives Women of Excellence Health Care Champion. 

Beer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Dayton.

Cheryl Turnbull 

Sr Director - Venture Capital and New Ventures at The Ohio State University

Cheryl Turnbull is responsible for the financial affairs and strategic leadership of the equity holdings in university technology companies and management of the university’s Venture Capital Pool investments. Prior to joining The Ohio State University, she was founder of Capital Transactions, LLC, a business consulting firm providing mergers, acquisitions, and capital financing advisory services. Previously, Cheryl worked with various private investment funds, focused on companies with a proprietary competitive advantage. Cheryl received an MM from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BS from Miami University.

Cassandra Faris

Support Agent, Test Double 


Cassandra Faris is a Support Agent at Test Double, a software development consulting agency. She is responsible for the growth, support, and success of the company’s agents. She leads Test Double’s employee and community outreach initiatives. Cassandra is passionate about growing the tech community and its people. She is an international speaker who specializes in teaching professional skills at technology conferences. She is also the President of the Microsoft and open source conference, DogFoodCon, and a Per Scholas Advisory Board member. She has an MBA in Organizational Leadership. When she's not busy with the tech community, she is avid tabletop gamer, runner, and soccer fan who travels as much as possible.

Winnie Li

Product Manager, Microsoft

Winnie grew up in Columbus, OH and graduated from OSU in May 2017 with a B.S in Computer Science and Engineering. She is currently a product manager at Microsoft in San Francisco where she is working on building tools to empower app developers to be more efficient and effective.

Toni Cunningham

Management Partners Managing Director, Per Scholas Columbus

Toni is a transformational leader with an extensive background in workforce development, program management, public service, and capacity building in the nonprofit space. As the Managing Director of Per Scholas Columbus, Toni is directly responsible for the performance of the Columbus area national site. Under her leadership, Per Scholas was recently named as one of The Columbus Foundation’s Top 5 Nonprofits to Watch in 2018. In June, Toni will be honored with a 2018 Smart 50 Award presented by Hylant and Smart Business.Toni is also the founder of her own company – Image Anu, LLC, where is able to pursue more of her purpose and passion of assisting individuals with their personal and professional development.

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Jim Everett

Software Principle Consultant, HMB


​Github: CognitiveBurden

Jim Everett is a Principal Consultant at HMB where he designs custom software solutions for clients. He has over 15 years of professional software development experience, working on projects for various levels of government, school districts, and Fortune 50 companies. Jim has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary, and enjoys talking about the all things software with a frosty beverage in hand.

Britta August

Manager of the Scrum Masters and Agile coach, CareSource Management Group

Britta August passionately believes that life is interesting – both painfully fun and hilariously awful, and that life is too short NOT to laugh.  She has been working in IT since graduating from OSU with an undergrad in Russian Language and Literature.  Starting in a mom and pop computer reseller as a receptionist, she quickly moved to sales after randomly developing software while answering the phones.  She moved into a technical role, building images and providing technical support and, after spending many years as a developer in the realms of health and finance, fell in love with agile.  Britta now manages a team of ScrumMasters and herds the cats of continuous transformation.

​Kristina Robinson

VP of Software Engineering,  Cardinal Health

Kristina Robinson is a VP of Software Engineering at Cardinal Health. She has held multiple IT and business leadership roles in her 17 years with the company, most recently heading up the IT team for the Nuclear Pharmacy Services business. In this role, Kristina leads her team in the development of new software products and production support of all the systems used by the business. Over the past few years, she has led her team through transformations to the cloud for development and production operations, Agile methodology and Dev Ops practices. She also spends a lot of time mentoring and coaching others into future leaders and enjoys working to build strong teams. Kristina values the importance of relationships, collaboration, keeping her network strong and empowering others.

Kristina is passionate about giving back to the community, organizing Cardinal Health teams to fundraise and participate in the American Heart Association Heart Walk each year. She also enjoys volunteering at her family’s church and school parish. She and her husband, Ryan, have a seven- year-old daughter, Anabelle, and their furry kids - 3 cats and a dog.

Prior to Cardinal Health, Kristina worked in the Technology practice at Accenture for six years. She is a certified Project Management Professional, has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Potsdam and an MBA in General Management from Clarkson University.

Mike Sayre

President, Metcalf and Associate​

Mike is an accomplished C-level leader with a career history of successfully leading organizations through transformational change resulting in ever higher levels of performance, with 25+ years of experience starting up, turning around, improving, growing, acquiring, integrating and divesting businesses in pre-revenue technology to $2B diversified businesses.

Mike is the President of Metcalf & Associates, a leadership development and organizational transformation firm inspiring and enabling global leaders to drive thriving organizations through healthier leadership and constant evolution, founded by Maureen Metcalf.

Wendy Jacobs

Product Owner and Coach, American Electric Power 


Wendy Jacobs, JD, is an Product Owner Coach with American Electric Power. She has over 18 years of product development experience, specifically in Product Management. Her current focus is on coaching all levels of Product Owners and Management on how to maximize the business value delivered. Wendy is passionate about mentoring others in Agility, Product Ownership and Product Management as well as delivering training courses, and presenting at conferences and meetups.

Ryan Frederick

product & company builder | non-profit launcher & leader | mentor & investor

Ryan Frederick has had the privilege of being part of several startups and growth companies. He has helped companies grow from inception, to viability, through to sustainability. During the evolution of these companies, Ryan as served on company boards and been instrumental in capitalization activities. He has also helped companies to expand to international markets. Ryan brings a unique blend of business acumen and technical knowledge to help companies and clients achieve their objectives. He now helps companies of all sizes build great software products and become better product companies. Ryan (@ryanfrederick) is a Principal at AWH (@awhnet), Director for Startup Grind (@startupgrind | @startupgrindcmh), Chairman i.c.stars|*COLUMBUS (@icstarscolumbus), Co-founder <BLK hack> (@black_hack).

​Maureen Metcalf

Founder, CEO, and Board Chair, Metcalf & Associates

Ms. Metcalf – Founder, CEO, and Board Chair of Metcalf & Associates is a highly sought-after expert in anticipating and leveraging future business trends to transform organizations. She has captured her thirty years of experience and success in an award-winning series of books which are used by public, private and academic organizations to align company-wide strategy, systems and culture with innovative leadership techniques. As a preeminent change agent, Ms. Metcalf has set strategic direction and then transformed her client organizations to deliver significant business results such as increased profitability, cycle time reduction, improved quality, and increased employee effectiveness. For years, she has been willing to share her hard-won insights - through conference speaking opportunities, industry publications, radio talk-shows, and video presentations.  

Metcalf & Associates has a 20+ year track record of delivering value to high-performing clients ranging from local Ohio small businesses to Fortune 15 organizations to the US Armed Forces. Client industry mainstays include: technology, engineering, manufacturing, financial, and medical services. Metcalf & Associates also has an international presence having been on-the-ground helping companies in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Areas of Transformational Expertise include: Implementing change in strategic direction, Merger/Acquisition/Spin-off/Divestment, Large scale system installation, Business re-engineering, Governance, and Succession planning.

Publications include an award winning nine book series focusing on Innovative Leadership. Ms. Metcalf is also a regular contributor to among a long list of other outlets. 


Jennifer Cable

Software Test Technician, Cover My Meds​


Jennifer Cable is a software test technician at CoverMyMeds. She is the creator of CoverMyMeds' Women in Healthcare IT organization and currently serves as Chair.

Deb Bitzan

Database Developer, Cover My Meds​


Deb Bitzan is a database developer at CoverMyMeds. She is passionate about inclusion efforts in STEM and is currently Co-Chair of CoverMyMeds' Women in Healthcare IT organization.

Samantha Lopez

Product Manager, Microsoft

Maybe it was coloring outside the lines or ingesting copious amounts of Play-Doh as a child that sculpted my creative path; in any case I knew from a young age that design was the only thing for me to do.

Over the past eleven years I’ve worked in advertising and startups as UX lead, Art Director, Visual Designer, and a challenger of the status quo. I’ve focused on creating and improving products for consumer facing brands in e-commerce and home automation.

 I believe there is power in great design, and value in refining every detail. I aim to create human centered designs that are not only engaging and delightful, but solve business goals simultaneously.

Victoria Koroleva

Technology Manager,  CAS

After over twenty years holding positions such as developer, business analyst, project manager, solution architect, and QA manager in Information Technology, I recently became a Delivery Practices Lead for the Technology organization at CAS. Working for a company with the vision statement of " Improving people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry" is a perfect alignment with my passion of helping people to live happier lives. You can find more information about me here: